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Lillian Singh, Director, Racial Wealth Divide

Areas of Expertise: Racial Wealth Divide, Economic Inequality

Lillian Singh is the Director of the Racial Wealth Divide Project at CFED. She is a vibrant leader with established capabilities in partnership management, project design, program implementation and fundraising. She will work with the Racial Wealth Divide team to strengthen CFED’s outreach and partnership with communities of color and advance CFED’s racial wealth divide analysis.

Previously, Mrs. Singh served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the NAACP National Economic Department. She directed alliances with external allies cross the corporate, private, government and nonprofit sectors–to advance economic equity goals. With respect to program management, she oversaw economic education initiatives focused on grassroots organizing and grasstops engagement, connecting NAACP state and local affiliates with corporate, private and national nonprofit partners. Mrs. Singh directed three community economic development program initiatives that promoted asset development in low- to moderate-income African-American communities across the country. In addition, she spearheaded fundraising efforts, including grant proposals and competitive grant competitions, to secure the annual revenue budget.

Mrs. Singh has experience working at the intersections of research, policy and practice. Prior to the NAACP, she worked at the D.C. Children Youth Investment Trust Corporation (CYITC), a nonprofit organization working to increase the quality, quantity and accessibility of services for children, youth and families. There, she provided grant management and research support. She also worked at Child Trends, a leading research organization where she led applied research projects, and at Symphonic Strategies, a full-service research, training and consulting firm, where she provided capacity building and technical assistance to nonprofit service providers.

Mrs. Singh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning and Master of Arts in Sociology, both from Stanford University.

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Nov 16, 2016

Challenges Remain to Unleash Potential of Latino-Owned Business

Even with the growth in people who worked in Hispanic-owned businesses, Hispanic/Latino Americans still face structural barriers that limit their ability to further grow the economy.

Aug 10, 2016

The Asian American Wealth Gap: Too Often Ignored

Why is there only one check-box on official forms for Asian Americans when, as a group, they represent 48 culturally diverse countries and have a population of over 17 million people?

Jun 30, 2016

New Podcast Episode: Race and Wealth and Homeownership in Chicago With Phyllis Logan

In this episode, Dedrick Asante-Muhammad and Lillian Singh sit down with Phyllis Logan, Housing Committee Co-Chair and second vice president for the Illinois branch of the NAACP.

Jun 21, 2016

How Decades of Housing Policy Left Households of Color Behind—And What We Can Do about It

This week began with a special day: Juneteenth. The celebration commemorates a day 150 years ago when Texas slaves were finally informed of their freedom — two and half years after the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation.

Jun 13, 2016

Is Development Without Displacement Possible?

Development without mass displacement is possible, but it must be done in conjunction with and in support of the local community.

May 2, 2016

Race, Wealth and Me

My life is a testimony to the fact that providing resources and investments to people from all backgrounds will strengthen their ability to create a positive future for themselves.

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